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Rising Demand for Long-Term Services and Supports for Elderly People
Stuart Hagen (au)
This report shows that by 2050, 20% of the total U.S. population will be elderly (65 or older), up from 12% in 2000. The number of people age 85 or older will grow the fastest over the next few decades, constituting 4% of the population by 2050. That growth will bring a corresponding surge in the number of elderly people with functional and cognitive limitations. Functional limitations are physical problems that limit a personäó»s ability to perform routine daily activities, such as eating, bathing, dressing, and paying bills. Cognitive limitations are losses in mental acuity that may also restrict a personäó»s ability to perform such activities. About one-third of people age 65 or older report functional limitations of one kind or another; among people age 85 or older, about two-thirds report functional limitations. One study estimates that more than two-thirds of 65-year-olds will need assistance to deal with a loss in functioning at some point during their remaining years of life. If those rates of prevalence continue, the number of elderly people with functional or cognitive limitations, and thus the need for assistance, will increase sharply in coming decades. Figures. This is a print on demand report.
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